Netflix is increasing its prices this week - the best streaming alternatives if you want to cancel your account

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 9:57 am
Updated Thursday, 7th January 2021, 9:57 am

Netflix has revealed that it will be increasing the prices of two out of its three package subscription options.

A Netflix spokesperson said: “We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we’re committed to delivering an even better experience for our members.

“We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer more variety of TV shows and films.”

The spokesperson added that there will continue to be a range of plans available, so viewers can “pick a price that works best for their budget.”

Netflix axed its 30 day free trial for new members last year.

The company said at the time: “We’re looking at different marketing promotions to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience.”

Price changes

The Standard Package is set to increase from £8.99 per month to £9.99 per month. This package allows users to watch Netflix on two screens at the same time, download media onto two devices and watch in HD.

The Premium Package will rise from £11.99 per month to £13.99 per month. This package allows viewers to stream Netflix on up to four screens at the same time, download content onto four devices, and watch in Ultra HD.

The good news for those on the Basic Package is that the price will remain at £5.99. This package allows users to watch on just one screen at a time, and download content onto one device only, with no HD viewing options.

When will the prices increase?

For new members, the prices have already been increased, with those who signed up from 10 December already paying the inflated subscription prices.

For existing subscribers, the price increase will be implemented soon, although specific dates depend on your subscription cycle.

Netflix said: “Current members will be notified through email and also receive a notification within the app 30 days ahead of their price increase.

“Timing will be based on the specific member’s billing cycle.”

‘Netflix might not be worth it anymore’

With news of the price increase reaching users, many were unhappy to hear that they would be paying more for their account.

Taking to social media, Twitter users expressed their disappointment.

One user wrote: “Netflix is constantly dropping the good shows from their site, but are constantly upping the price.”

Another tweeted: “Netflix doesn’t even have that good of a selection and they have the audacity to increase their monthly price?”

“I like how the price for Netflix keeps going up, but they will not add any good shows or movies,” wrote another.

“Netflix might not be worth it anymore, I feel like they are getting rid of the best shows and then raising the price,” tweeted someone else.

Alternatives to Netflix

If the news that you could be paying more for your Netflix account has you reconsidering your subscription, these are some of the best alternatives to the streaming service.

Now TV

Now TV offers a number of different options at a range of prices for users to choose from.

The Entertainment pass costs £9.99 per month, and allows users to view a number of Sky channels, including Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Comedy, Sky Documentaries and more, as well as over 300 box sets, including shows like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Watchmen.

The Sky Cinema pass costs £11.99 per month and invites users to browse through the catalogue of over 1,000 movies on demand, live Sky Cinema channels and new premieres every day.

Now TV also has other passes, including the Sports pass, the Kids pass and the Hayu pass as well.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is a similar streaming service to Netflix, with a range of films, TV shows and Prime Video originals to choose from.

Amazon Prime Video originals include the likes of American Gods, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Good Omens, Sneaky Pete and The Boys.

You can pay for Amazon Prime monthly at £7.99 or yearly for £79.

As well as access to the video content, Amazon Prime has other benefits such as free one day delivery on Prime items, access to e-books and songs.

Sky TV

This Sky TV bundle includes SKY TV and Netflix as well, so you don’t have to cancel your Netflix account if you still have shows you want to watch on the streaming site.

The bundle includes over 100 channels not on Freeview, plus over 500 box sets to browse through, and unlimited Netflix shows for £25.

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer has a huge list of TV shows and films available to watch for free.

You can watch the likes of Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials, The Fall, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Doctor Who and more completely free.

All 4

All 4 is also free to view and boasts a huge selection of TV shows and documentaries to choose from.

Box Sets available on All 4 currently include The Inbetweeners, Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing, Scrubs, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Derry Girls and Peep Show.